General Motors is recalling roughly 1.41 million older Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac vehicles to fix a potential fire hazard. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from leakages that could allow oil to come in contact with hot elements, like the exhaust manifold.
Sound familiar? It should. GM has issued three nearly-identical recalls over the past several years to address such problems. Unfortunately, none of those fixes fully resolved the issue.
The ongoing trouble seems directly related to the age of the vehicles. After GM dealers have applied previous fixes, oil seeped through other aging parts that hadn't been replaced or repaired. The current problem is exacerbated by hard braking, which causes oil to slip through the valve cover gasket.
The recall is limited to the following makes and models, equipped with 3.8-liter V6 engines:
- 1997-2004 Buick Regal
- 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala
- 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Official recall documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aren't yet available, but GM's Alan Adler says that when previous recalls were issued, the automaker had received reports of 1,345 fires. Some fires have been reported on vehicles that were repaired in previous recalls. At least 19 injuries have been linked to the problem, but GM knows of no accidents or deaths.
Though GM hasn't yet detailed a fix for these vehicles, Adler expect that owners will, once again, be told not to park their vehicles in garages or other enclosed spaced until they've been fixed. Stay tuned for additional details, or call one of the following customer service centers:
- Buick: 800-521-7300
- Chevrolet: 800-222-1020
- Oldsmobile: 800-442-6537
- Pontiac: 800-762-2737